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  1. BRUCE B

    BRUCE B

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    Hi All

    Name's Bruce , new to the game of marine, but been around the block once or twice
    with fresh water. I started about 5-6 weeks ago (marine) after getting some real bad advice about 5 years ago. Not to worry - new game new start.

    At home I have a space problem so all I could fit was a small system- Boyu TL550,
    however I have seen a few pics from members on the site- WOW! Nothing wrong with wanting a great tank.

    I think the main reson for joining is that I noticed how people are willing to help others when questions are asked, great stuff to all of you that have given advice.

    So, got myself a blue damsel, a clown, shrimp, gobby, urchin, sea bamboo and a few mushrooms - all added slowly of course. I test my water once a week and have'nt
    had any problems or losses yet. Now I have a "hurry up and wait" game, for a while at least.

    Thought I might load a pic or two but not just yet, still a bit "skaam".

    Well, thats me.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Bruce! Great to have you on-board!
    I am extremely glad that you found, and joined MASA!

    At first, congratulations with the new tank.

    I do want to say that the lifestock you added, was a wee bit quick, as a tank of 5 to 6 weeks old, have not 100% fully completed it's cycle yet.

    But, you have them now - let's hope that they all survive 100% fine too.

    Can you tell me how often and what percentage, water changes you do?
    How do you also mix up your salt water? Do you use tap water (with water conditioner)? Or do you use RO filtered water?

    Also - what do you use to top up your tank's water level with, to replace "lost water" due to evaporation?

    Can you please also let us all know what testing kits you are using, to test your water parameters with?
    The water parameters you should be testing at this stage, are:
    - salinity/SG (specific gravity)
    - ammonia
    - nitrites
    - nitrates
    - pH
    - temperature

    The 4 MOST important things I have learnt, and want to share with you, are:
    1) you require a HUGE amount of PATIENCE to successfully keep marines
    2) you need to READ, READ, READ, READ and READ some more! Knowledge is a HUGE weapon in enabling you to keep marines successfully.
    3) NEVER just believe the advice ANY LFS (local fish shop/local pet store) gives you - please come and double-check with us BEFORE you purchase anything. We here at MASA has NO financial gain in giving you good advice.
    4) ALWAYS ASK if you are not sure - there's NO such thing as a stupid question

    Good luck! Enjoy the hobby. It's a WONDERFUL journey, that become's a lifestyle!
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA Bruce! :)
     
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  7. BRUCE B

    BRUCE B Thread Starter

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    Thanx to ALL for the welcome

    currently at the salt mine, so Ill keep it short

    Water changes are about 10% every sunday,mixed with salt the day before- no conditioner- was told thats a bad thing, and only use conditioners on fresh water...??
    For top up i use tap water - no salt.

    I use a glass hydrometer, red sea lab test kit( ca, no3, ph), temp-glass and electronics.

    Thanx for advice
    I look forward to hearing from you all
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Bruce - many thanks for your response.

    OK - I just want to give you the FIRST real piece of advice: PLEASE stop using tap water IMMEDIATELY. Tap water contains a whole lot of nasties (ie. phosphates, nitrates, heavy metals, chlorine, etc) - which is extremely bad to a marine tank.

    Rather purchase RO filtered water from a LFS, or ask a fellow MASA member for some RO water, until you can get yourself your own RO filtration unit. (RO/DI unit - not only the RO).

    You will MOST likely start getting green hair algae problems - because of the tap water you are using.
     
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    Bruce...Welcome to MASA
     
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    BRUCE B Thread Starter

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    Thanx Jaquesb

    Got green hair algae already- LFS told me to purchase a lawnmower gobby. I told
    I didnt want more fish now. I would like to focus on letting the tank develop.

    Please explain RO/DI system or can I just search for it
     
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    hello there bruce, great to have you on borad.

    congrats on that tank fella:) very nice to know you are off to a start.

    Jb has given you great advice so far, and just to echo his thoughts, that Live stock is in a little early for my liking, so PLEASE slow down and dont add anything for a while now. as in weeks, not days!

    Tap water really is EVIL stuff, you need RO water. Be it made youself or brought from a LFS, but either way, you need it for top up (thats just RO water to replace water that has evaporated) or for water changes which is RO water mixed to the correct SG before being added.

    There is a huge amount one needs to learn amd many many things are different to FW (right down to HOW you introduce things to the tank!) so please do read and ask all the questions you might have. We will do all we can to help you and your tank along.

    best of luck :)

    welcome and happy postings :)
     
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    thats bad advice for the reasons you need to controll the dreaded GHA. Lwanmower blennies are fantastic fish though and def one you can look at on a later date.


    the GHA will most likely be caused from the impurities in the tap water you have used. Those impurities are what fuel the algae's growth so by stopping the tap water and using ro you will hopefully stop the food source (phosphates) and thus starve the algae. You need to find the source of the pollution to cure algae. i would suggest a water change with RO water of around 30% to try get the tap water out.

    Contact some of the sponsors about an RO system I think Dory pets have some at a good price and "the water boy" is always good value:)
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Welcome, why don't you post a few pics... Would like to see youre tank!!!
     
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    Welcome Bruce!
     
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    BRUCE B Thread Starter

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    Thanx for the welcome

    I've been spending some time on the site this morning and I've read so much that I actually feel quite stupid and dispondent.

    I would like to upload a pic, hopefuly the people that know can give me some good advice as to weather this is GHA. Oddly enough it is not on all the rock, could this be the doing of the urchin(cleaning)? I also found 3 small crabs in my live rock,
    they seem to love pulling pieces off and eating it.

    Once again thanx for the warm welcome[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Nope it is Calurpa, should be in your sump rather as once it gets going it will be difficult to stop.
    Also be careful of crabs in your tank and I suggest, unless you are 120% certain they are reef friendly, you put them in your sump before they start eating EVERYTHING in your tank.

    Keep the pics coming and a big WELCOME.
     
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    nice looking tank:) lovely urchin too, i had the same fella and they are great to have, just be carefull as they can shift rather large pieces of LR and you dont want those falling against glass or onto other tank inhabitants.

    thats NOT GHA. i agree with martin that it looks like Calpura.

    get us a pic of those crabs (they are not hermitt crabs right??) as many crab species cause issues later on, so lets try id them now :)
     
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    Bruce any full tank pics...
     
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    BRUCE B Thread Starter

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    THANX GUYS

    I feel beter knowing that you are willing to help.
    Not sure of the crabs but I'll take a pic or two, all I know is that it
    looks like a crab.

    Do I need to worry about Calpura/calurpa?????
    Any recom.?

    Sorry still a bit shy for full tank pics
    after 3 months I think it should look a hell of a lot better
    ( from what I have seen on this site anyway)
    People here realy have great tanks --
    slowly-slowly catch a monkey
     
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